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The implementation of Ecologically Sustainable Design in Architectural Practice: An Investigation of Effective Design Strategies and Environmental Outcomes

Project Member(s): Thomas, L.

Start year: 2002

Summary: In architectural practice, it is essential that strategies for ecologically sustainable design (ESD) be included at the inception stage of the design process in conjunction with functional, economic and aesthetic priorities. This study will fill the lack of information of interrelation between the strategies for ESD within the design process that are adopted in practice, and the consequent outcomes that are achieved or demonstrable in the architectural end-product; through an in-depth analysis of four architectural projects. Interviews with stakeholders, post occupancy evaluation techniques, and environmental performance rating tools will be used to elicit and assess design strategies and outcomes. The findings will enable the development of design strategies and policies that encourage and facillitate the wider adoption of an environmentally sustainable approach to building design.

FOR Codes: Architecture, Building Science and Techniques, Design, Commercial, Economic incentives and regulation, Design Management and Professional Practice, Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection, Commercial Construction Design, Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice, Architectural Design